This week, I’ve labelled ‘The Coming of Tantrums’.
Goodness has this little boy made his feelings known when he doesn’t get his own way. It doesn’t help that he’s also learning boundaries physically, emotionally and socially at the moment — so much going on for one little human.
We’ve had tantrums because he wants to play upstairs. We’ve had tantrums because he wants to play downstairs but I won’t let him dive down the stairs head first. Tantrums because he wants to watch nonsense songs on YouTube, tantrums because he wants to climb in the washing machine, or because he doesn’t want pants or a nappy on. Ever. We’ve had tantrums of epic proportions because Bing finished, or because I won’t let him eat compost. Not forgetting the ones that erupt when I try distract him from certain death — he’s very good at finding things that can cause that. Plug sockets are a favourite.
He’s also opening every drawer, emptying every cupboard and climbing every surface he can. Flexing those toddling muscles and imitating what I think is a mountain goat, I have to have eyes up my derrière when he’s in one of his adventuring moods. His favourite thing to do is climbing into cupboards, even if he has to climb onto the hard-to-reach top shelf of said cupboard and lie there waiting for a reaction. There isn’t a day that goes by without him gaining another bump from these little excursions, even with me right there next to him. Now I know why the phrase ‘wrapping them up in cotton wool’ was discovered!
All the tantrums and death defying stunts aside, it’s easy to forgive the little ball of fury. The sunshine moments where he’s smiling, squealing and generally his beautiful happy self are well worth the thunder storms of tantrums.
Living Arrows is about celebrating childhood and its trials & tribulations. The project originally took it’s name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” and each Monday I’m going to share a moment from our week. Over the course of 52 weeks, I’ll have a series of snapshots built up which shows my little boy blossoming!